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“My heart is broke,” Nancy’s Home Cooking makes big announcement

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“Bittersweet and sad news,” out of Nancy’s Home Cooking today: Sunday, March 8 will be its last day of operation at 3133 N High St. The beloved institution will be relocating to 52 E Lynn St. in the former space of Jack’s Diner.

Owner Rick Hahn made the difficult announcement on Facebook last night.

Bittersweet and sad news . SUNDAY MARCH 8th 2020 , Nancy’s will be CLOSING it’s doors on High street and moving downtown Columbus at 52 E. Lynn Street (jacks diner) Columbus , Ohio 43215. The opening date on 52 E. LYNN St. has not been determined yet but will soon have that info for you as soon as possible. We are thinking March 30 or April 1. I’m sorry my friends as my heart is broke and aching , but I’m excited for the new location because it’s bigger and seats twice as many people as high street. Even start doing milkshakes . It was the only option for us at this time . Please watch for more info. This was tough for me to do . I love you all ! – Rick

Posted by Nancy's Home Cooking on Monday, February 3, 2020

“I’m sorry my friends as my heart is broke and aching , but I’m excited for the new location because it’s bigger and seats twice as many people as High Street,” he wrote.

Hahn explained that the Clintonville building is in such a state of disrepair that it is “affecting our ability to operate thoroughly.”

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This development is particularly upsetting to Hahn because of his deep “sentimental attachment” to the original Clintonville building, he said. His late wife and her aunt opened Nancy’s more than 40 years ago. Sadly, they both passed away in 2012 eight months apart.

“In order for Nancy’s to be around—to stay—we have to move,” said Hahn.

Ideally, Hahn said he would’ve liked to relocate to another Clintonville location, or in a surrounding area, but ultimately it wasn’t feasible.

The exact date of Nancy’s reopening in Downtown has yet to be determined, but Hahn anticipates March 30 or April 1.

“I love you all!” wrote Hahn.

When I'm not weaving a beautiful tapestry of words, I'm likely digging through jewels and vinyls at an antique shop near you.

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Rye In July

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Rye in July featuring the Algonquin! We teamed up with Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, and local bartender Ben Griest from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo for this tasty Rye, perfect for July! Today's Rye is featuring the Algonquin, with notes of spice, tobacco, and fruit balanced throughout this cocktail - it's sure to please!

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Milestone 229 overcomes 2020 challenges, to reopen soon

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Every industry has taken a hit this year. It’s cliche to generalize it. With that being said, some businesses have taken more damage than others.

Milestone 229, located on the river’s Scioto Mile, was forced to closed in March along with all the other restaurants across Ohio, as the restaurant industry took a hit despite the uptick in carryout orders.

Just as things seemed to be coming back to normal, as restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen, the protests demanding change during the Black Lives Matter movement brought an unexpected rioting component that had devastating effects for Milestone 229.

The downtown, upscale eatery with the playful fountain for kids and adults alike, took an extra hit when rioting, looting, and vandalism broke down the windows of the restaurant on Thursday, May 29. Milestone 229 was supposed to reopen the upcoming Monday.

Photo by Julian Foglietti.

Griggs has tried his best to stay positive through it all, finding some valuable and much-needed help along the way.

“A good friend of the restaurant, Cathy King, executive vice president of Wasserstrom, started a GoFundMe page for Milestone 229. We are using that money to help relaunch the restaurant.  We also had many friends and family come down the morning after the riots to help clean up the broken glass.”

Doug Griggs, co-owner of Milestone 229


Now, recovering once again, Milestone 229 is set to open back up on Wednesday, July 8. The fine-dining establishment will offer patio and dining room seating, as well as a new curbside pickup. Co-owner Doug Griggs said in an email that the restaurant was able to keep the majority of its patio seating and over half of its dining room seating. 

Milestone 229 has a new venue revamped for the summer as well. You can view it here.

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And the winner of the (614) National Ice Cream Month poll is…

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Columbus has been a culinary hotspot for pretty much the entire 21st century. But what if we told you that you, Columbus, were just as obsessed with fine dining as you are with devouring ice cream?

Jeni’s. Whit’s. Greater’s. The list goes on. But out of the everlasting, Willy Wonka-esque fountain of ice cream stores that exist in Columbus, which one is the favorite of (614) readers?

In reverse order, here are the top seven ice cream choices in Columbus!

7. Cream & Sugar – 2185 Sullivant Ave.

6. Velvet Ice Cream – Your favorite grocer

5. United Dairy Farmers – EVERYWHERE

4. Johnson’s Real Ice Cream – 2728 E. Main St.; 55 W. Bridge St., Dublin; 160 W. Main St., New Albany

3. Whit’s Frozen Custard – Find Ohio locations here

2. Jeni’s Ice Cream – Find Columbus locations here

And after 12 rounds, the winner of the (614) ice cream championship belt is…

1. Graeter’s Ice Cream – Find Ohio locations here.

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And it just so happens that Graeter’s is celebrating its 150th birthday this month! Celebrate in style with them by buying this specialty birthday cake ice cream. In addition to selling the ice cream online and at a Graeter’s near you, you’ll also be able to pick some up at Kroger, Giant Eagle, The Fresh Market, Dorothy Lane Market, or Jungle Jim’s.

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